The inability to get or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse is a condition that affects one out of every ten men at some point during his lifetime. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is usually a symptom of an underlying problem, and it is not considered normal at any age, although it is more common in older males over age 50. ED doesn’t have to be a part of the aging process, and older men can enjoy intercourse with proper treatment.
Erectile Dysfunction Causes
Although many men experience the occasional failure to get or maintain an erection, usually it is the result of an issue that is easily identified. Inability to achieve an erection may stem from drinking too much alcohol, stress, fatigue, or relationship problems. Men who experience trouble getting an erection less than 20% of the time usually don’t require treatment. However, men who have trouble achieving an erection more than 50% of the time generally have a problem that requires treatment to correct.
Causes of ED also may include:
- Being age 50 or older
- High cholesterol
- Low testosterone
- Heart disease
- Traumatic injury
- Neurological disorders
- Vascular disease
- Substance abuse
- Psychological disorders
- A side effect of medication that affects nerves, blood circulation, or male hormones.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
ED symptoms include:
- Difficulty getting and keeping an erection
- Low libido
- Problems with orgasm/ejaculation
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Treatment of ED varies based on identifying the underlying cause and then addressing the appropriate treatment method. A number of conservative, nonsurgical options are available to help a man regain normal sexual function. Nonsurgical treatment of ED begins with the patient addressing his lifestyle, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. Regular exercise can help with a number of problems that may aggravate ED, such as stress, depression, excess body weight, and poor circulation. Men who abuse alcohol or drugs should seek treatment to address these issues to restore proper health as well as sexual function. Men in unsatisfactory relationships may also experience ED, which can be improved with couples counseling to work through communication or relationship problems. Some men also experience ED as a result of psychological problems such as stress, depression or anxiety, which can be treated in psychotherapy.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
Methods to specifically treat ED include:
- Injection therapy
- Penis pumps
- Psychological and sex therapy
Surgical Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
Surgical treatment options for ED include:
- Penile prosthesis surgery
- Blood vessel surgery
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